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Mike Harris was a reporter for The Washington Times.

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New York Mets catcher John Buck, left, tosses the ball up after the Nationals Anthony Rendon, right, struck out looking for the final out of the Mets' 2-0 shutout of the Nationals in a baseball game at Citi Field in New York, Sunday, April 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Nationals recall memorable MLB debuts as Anthony Rendon arrives

Nationals second baseman Danny Espinosa has a very vivid memory from his major-league debut. It was Sept. 1, 2010 and the Nats were playing in Florida against the Marlins. Espinosa drove in a run with a double. That isn't the memory. Published April 22, 2013

Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8), from Russia, center, with defenseman Karl Alzner (27) and center Marcus Johansson (90), from Sweden, wait for the face off in the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Toronto Maple Leafs Tuesday, April 16, 2013 in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

HARRIS: Alex Ovechkin's MVP case bolstered with each Capitals win

Adam Oates coaches the Capitals, which means he coaches Alex Ovechkin. So of course he's going to be "very biased" when discussing the Most Valuable Player candidacy of the man who has put the Caps on his back like a big ol' piano and carried the team to the cusp of the NHL playoffs. Published April 17, 2013

Washington Capitals defenseman Jack Hillen (38) celebrates his goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, April 13, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

HARRIS: Jack Hillen's surge symbolic of contributions from the Caps' entire roster

There is more to the Capitals' win streak than the play of those expected to play at such a high level. Steve Oleksy's play on defense, Jack Hillen's solid defense as well as his scoring surge, Jason Chimera showing he still has "it" – pretty much the entire roster is playing at a high level. Published April 16, 2013

Washington Capitals' Alex Ovechkin is the center of attention during the pre-game warm-up as they get ready to face the Montreal Canadiens in NHL hockey action Tuesday, April 9, 2013 in Montreal. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Paul Chiasson)

HARRIS: Alex Ovechkin surge boosts entire Caps roster

Ovechkin is hot and he's carrying the Caps along for the ride. Sure, others are playing well. Sure, they don't do anything without being a team and all that. But let's make one thing clear — Alex Ovechkin rows that boat. Published April 10, 2013

Nashville Predators right wing Martin Erat, of the Czech Republic, celebrates a goal by teammate Ryan Ellis with the bench in the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012, in Denver. (AP Photo/Chris Schneider)

HARRIS: We'll have to wait a while to judge Capitals' Martin Erat trade

George McPhee is either a genius who has been able to oversell or a schlub who got taken in a moment of delusion and mad desire to finally see his team make a real, live run at the Stanley Cup. We may know the answer in a couple of weeks. We may not know for a few years. Published April 4, 2013